This week is Severe Weather Preparedness Week here in North Carolina. Through the week topics such as severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash floods, lightning safety, and how to make plan will be covered. Monday’s topic is severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.
For a storm to be considered severe it has to meet one of these three things: winds higher than 58 mph, hail that is an inch or more in diameter, or contains/could produce a tornado.
We also like to cover the difference between a watch and warning during the week. A watch means you need to be prepared and that the conditions are favorable for an event (severe thunderstorm or tornado in this case) to occur. A warning means that you need to take action now because the event is happening.
North Carolina sees on average 26 tornadoes annually, 3 tornado fatalities, and 39 tornado related injuries. Most tornadoes occur during meteorological spring, which spans from March until May, with a peak during the month of April. Most tornado fatalities occur at night.
Now is the time to make a plan…before severe weather occurs.